Trayvon Martin Marchers Leave Rally Upset After Minister’s Remarks
(Memphis) Dozens gathered outside the National Civil Rights Museum Wednesday morning in support of Trayvon Martin.
The rally and march were organized by Direct Action Inc.
Supporters were hoping to march in support of justice for Martin, the Florida teen killed by a neighborhood march captain who has yet to be charged.
The group marched from the museum to the mall outside City Hall.
However, many left the rally upset, after hearing organizer Minister Kennith Van Buren’s message yelled over a bull horn.
“A white man is killing the black man everyday in society on the job,” said Van Buren. “A white man is the one that killed Trayvon Martin.”
Supporters spoke out saying that wasn’t the case (George Zimmerman is Hispanic) and this isn’t the time to alienate others based on race.
“He said we have to come together against this white man. No, it’s not about this white man. It’s about all people coming together,” said Preston Lee who worked at a nearby barbershop.
Janice Banks let her grandchildren miss school and drove from Mississippi for the rally, only to leave before the march upset, “I sat and listened to this message that this man was spewing and it was just a bunch of hate,” said Banks. “Me as a black woman, I was truly offended. I decided I didn’t want my babies to participate in that.”